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The Clayman Institute Artist's Salon Featuring Terry Berlier

Tue February 8th 2022, 4:15 - 5:45pm
Event Sponsor
Clayman Institute for Gender Research
Virtual Event
The Clayman Institute Artist's Salon Featuring Terry Berlier

Join the Clayman Institute for an event featuring sculptor Terry Berlier, an interdisciplinary artist who investigates the evolution of human interaction with queerness and ecologies. Berlier will share recent art projects and provide an overview of her practice.

The Clayman Institute’s annual Artist’s Salon, under the leadership of Artist-in-Residence Valerie Miner, shows how the arts contribute to our larger mission of gender equality and breaking barriers to women’s advancement. Miner invites a diverse group of artists from the Stanford community to appear in the Artist’s Salon series.

About the Artist

In my practice, I interweave movement and sound to investigate the evolution of human connections with queerness and ecologies. This results in kinetic and sound-based sculptures and multimedia installations that work as metaphors for both harmonious and dissonant interactions. Emphasizing the essential roles played by cultural memories and environmental conditions in the creation of our identities, I excavate material objects to challenge our understanding of progress and reveal how history is constructed within a cultural landscape. Orienting, disorienting, and reorienting, my work provides tools to recover and reanimate our faltering connections with self, queerness, nature, and society, often through humor. My collaborators include engineers, composers, musicians, architects, and natural scientists.

Terry Berlier is an interdisciplinary artist who investigates the evolution of human interaction with queerness and ecologies. She has exhibited in solo and group shows in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia including at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, Contemporary Art and Spirits in Osaka, Japan, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Stanford Art Gallery. She has received numerous residencies and grants including the Center for Cultural Innovation Grant, the Zellerbach Foundation, and the Arts Council Silicon Valley Artist Fellowship. Her work has been reviewed in the Art in America, BBC News Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, is published in the book Seeing Gertrude Stein by Wanda Corn and Tirza Latimer through University of California Press, and Slant Step Book: The Mysterious Object and The Artworks it Inspired by Francesca Wilmott and Phil Weidman. Her work is in several collections including the Kala Art Institute, University of Arizona, Tucson, Bildwechsel Archive in Berlin, Germany, and Progressive Corporation. 

Berlier received a Masters in Fine Arts in Studio Art from University of California, Davis and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is an Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Art Practice, and Director of the Sculpture Lab in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University. Berlier serves as an advisory board member for Recology’s Artist-in-Residence Program in San Francisco.